Jeremiah Ratliff suspended three games for substance abuse violation

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The Bears will be without one of their veteran defensive linemen for the first three weeks of the season.

The NFL has announced that Jeremiah Ratliff will serve a three-week suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The suspension is a result of Ratliff’s DUI arrest in January, 2013 when he was a member of the Cowboys.

Ratliff will miss the team’s games against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks before becoming eligible to return for their October 4 home date against the Raiders. He will be allowed to play in preseason games and practice with the team until the start of the regular season, but will only be permitted to attend team meetings once the suspension goes into effect.

The loss of Ratliff will leave the Bears thin up front on defense as he was slated to see significant time in the middle of the line. Second-round pick Eddie Goldman will likely be asked to do more while Ratliff is out of the lineup and there wasn’t much experienced depth for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to work with even with Ratliff in the mix.

27 responses to “Jeremiah Ratliff suspended three games for substance abuse violation

  1. pattyarbuccholz says:
    Aug 24, 2015 12:43 PM
    The Bears defense. I don’t know what to say, except “it’s going to be a very ugly year”.

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    Can’t be uglier than the years before. Historically bad as they were.
    That secondary is still a headache but the pass-rush is far better than it was last year and the tackling has at least improved. There won’t be as many mistakes, lapses in communication, and flat out bad coaching, that lead to two straight 50 point blow-outs. But, it won’t be “ugly” as you put it.

  2. Sorry folks we were a bit busy suspending some guys who like to beat kids and women for this silly little DUI.

  3. If he can appeal it (or even the Bears), he should! Two years later from a DUI?!? He’s switched teams, & has played in games in that timeframe, & NOW the NFL decides to suspend him?! What were they saying?? Something like “Oooops… Sorry! We forgot!”?!?

  4. Goodell is a moron, how are you going to suspend him now when it will hurt the Bears, no that the Bears were going to do anything this year. When something like this happens and the player is on a new team a strong fine is needed with no suspension.

  5. I still can’t believe this guy got away with stealing money from the cowboys and it was allowed? How is this possible?

  6. Meh. The Bears knew all along this was coming at some point. That’s why their 2nd round pick was a NT and not a CB, S, OT or anything else the “experts” had mocked to them.

    In all reality, the Bears were likely to lose the Packers and Seahawks game with or without him. I suppose his absence could swing the Cardinals game from a potential W to a L but based on the preseason, the Bears have a lot more to be worried about in their D- Backfield than about being down a D-Lineman.

  7. Hmm…seems like out of nowhere to me. Isn’t there a statute of limitations here? If they can reduce Hardy’s suspension for beating someone down, JR out to be able to get this down from three to one or maybe just a substantial fine.

  8. bearsfan5150 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 12:56 PM
    If he can appeal it (or even the Bears), he should! Two years later from a DUI?!? He’s switched teams, & has played in games in that timeframe, & NOW the NFL decides to suspend him?! What were they saying?? Something like “Oooops… Sorry! We forgot!”?!?

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    Just looked it up. The justice system finally got around to clearing up the case. He just plead guilty back in April and received probation. I’m guessing this is why the NFL waited so long.

  9. The Bears GM new this was possible, they are just desperate for any player with even the slightest bit of talent. The Bears are going to be awful this year. Hopefully they can become relevant in the next 5 years.

  10. This isn’t going to really hurt the Bears like losing Suh will hurt the Lions. The Lions haven’t been relevant in 50 years and had one good season and they’re already in taking a step back. Lions fans are still bitter about the Bears owning them for so long….96(Bears)-69(Lions) overall.

  11. There’s got to be something in place for guys who switch teams in situations like this. The Bears are basically losing a guy for 3 games for something he did while with the Cowboys. He should be able to appeal on the Bears’ behalf.

    On that note, the Bears might not be that worse off. They have a number of young DTs who have been solid thus far. The loss of a veteran presence in those games will be substituted with guys who aren’t in their mid-30s, so there’s that.

  12. “The Bears are basically losing a guy for 3 games for something he did while with the Cowboys. He should be able to appeal on the Bears’ behalf.”

    No sympathy. He left Dallas with his bonus intact because he and his doctor said he was done for the year. Then he gets picked up by Chicago and he plays the rest of the season. The guy is scum.

    Oh, he also assaulted Jones in the locker room.

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